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Elizabeth Squire

KidneyX_logo_1.PNGTo inspire creative solutions that will improve the treatment of kidney diseases, the first KidneyX Innovators Showcase was held on Saturday, October 29, 2018 at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual Kidney Week conference. The event was developed in coordination with the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer to spur innovation in the kidney space while building momentum among the kidney community and public for KidneyX 's first prize competition.

Ryan Murray

At ASN Kidney Week 2018’s Opening Plenary Session, Ed Simcox, Chief Technology Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, announced that KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis is now accepting applications for its first phase.

Zach Cahill

On Thursday, October 25, during ASN Kidney Week 2018, the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) announced the release of its signature project the “Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy” . This project, in development for two years, aims to bring new investment, interest, and innovation into the renal replacement therapy (RRT) field.

David White

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 35 kidney care organizations wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, JD, to express their strong support and gratitude for the formation of KidneyX, a public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

In 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report highlighting that Medicare spent $33.9 billion to manage kidney failure through Medicare’s End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program—more than 7 percent of all Medicare spending in 2015.[1]

The Congressional Kidney Caucus hosted a briefing titled The Vital Public-Private Partnership in Kidney Care: Advancing Care, Research & Innovation for Individuals with Kidney Diseases, Kidney Failure and Transplants on Friday, September 28, 2018. Organized in cooperation with the American Association of Kidney Patients, the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Care Partners, and the Renal Physicians Association, the briefing highlighted the public health crisis that kidney diseases pose for our society and the work that is being done across the government—from Congress, to regulatory agencies, to the administration, and including the kidney community—to improve the lives of the more than 40 million Americans affected by kidney diseases.

Ryan Murray

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the University of Washington, Northwest Kidney Centers, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a listening session for KidneyX on Wednesday, August 22 in Seattle, WA.

KidneyX , a public private partnership between ASN and HHS, is a series of prize competitions aimed at accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

Ryan Murray and Zach Cahill

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGThe Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX are leading the fight to put new tools in the hands of kidney health professionals by stimulating the development of new solutions for patients with kidney diseases. Both of these initiatives help the kidney community by giving new tools to nephrologists in their fight against kidney diseases, providing inspiration to future nephrologists, and offering hope the patients we treat every day.

Kidney News Online recently interviewed Edwin Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and HHS liaison to KidneyX.

 

1.  Tell us about your background. How long have you been with HHS? Ed Simcox portrait headshot 2017_final.jpg



I’ve spent the bulk of my career working to create a better healthcare system with the goals of reducing cost and increasing quality and patient satisfaction. Much of my focus has been on health IT and innovative technologies dealing with challenges like EHR usability and interoperability. But I also have experience using innovation to improve healthcare operations.

Ryan Murray and Elizabeth Squire

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the Mt. Sinai Health System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a town hall for KidneyX on Tuesday, June 26 in New York, NY.

KidneyX, a public private partnership between ASN and HHS, is a series of prize competitions aimed at accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.